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Early Childhood Care and Education

Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 
Leading to a full award at QQI Level 5 ECCE

This course is for those who wish: 

  •  To explore the area of childcare with a view to re-skilling/upskilling and exploring concepts and subject areas that may interest the learner in future programmes or employment.
  •  To acquire the knowledge, skill, competence and confidence to work independently and under supervision in the area of childcare delivery and in a supportive role in different Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings. 

Entry Requirements:

Applicant should be:-

  • A confident reader writer and speller. 
  • Have a  full Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications.


Recognition of prior learning or work experience in the field may be taken into account should you not have a QQI Level 4 or Leaving Certificate.

Additional Requirements:

  •  The learner must be Garda Vetted to participate fully on this programme.
  • Basic computer skills e.g. word processing, internet and email are required.
  • Be able to work effectively - in a group situation and independently. 
  • Attend all timetabled classes for the duration of the programme.
  • Participate in all planned programme activities.
  • Study at home regularly and appropriately for the duration of the programme.
  • The learner must be able to participate in four weeks work experience – this is outside of class time.

Eligibility Criteria: 


The course is free to participants who:


·         Are in receipt of any DSP payment or have a medical card.

·         Do not have a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

·         Are on a very low income.

A limited number of places may be available to other participants.  See Co-ordinator for further details.


Programme Content:


120 credits required for Major QQI Level 5 Award. 




Child Development - 5N1764

Social Studies - 5N1370

Child Health and Well Being -  5N1765

Creative Arts for Early Childhood -5N1769

Early Care and Education Practice - 5N1770

Other electives as decided by KWETB

Early Childhood Education and Play -  5N1773


Work Experience -  5N1356


Communications - 5N0690



Learner Supports:

The following supports are available to learners who participate on this course.

  • Study Skills Revision Class will be provided and is recommended for all participants.
  • Access to KWETB Adult Guidance Service.
  • Support for students through the Adult Basic Education Service if required
  • Wheelchair accessibility.


Application Procedure:

Places are allocated based on successfully meeting the eligibility criteria, learner need, learner suitability for the programme and places available.

Prospective students will:

  • Fill in an Application Form.
  • Attend for interview.

Progression Options:

Learners who successfully complete this course can progress to working in the healthcare industry.  Further study including Level 6, 7 or 8 is an option in the area of Childcare, Social or Community Care, etc.  Adult Education Guidance Service is available to all students.

Course Structure and Duration:

Course Type: Part Time
Duration: 2 years 
Days: Evenings (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Time: 7.00 pm to 10.00pm 

Please note that the above is subject to change

Please contact: 

Anne McGrath
VTOS/BTEI Co-ordinator West Wicklow,
Blessington Further Education Centre,
Mobile: 086 8503833
Phone: 045 851490